Janet Field-Pickering is head of Education at the Folger Shakespeare Library, where she administers all local and national educational programs, including NEH institutes for high school teachers of Shakespeare. The 1998 institute participants established the Teaching Shakespeare website, a source of lesson plans and ideas for teachers of Shakespeare. She is the co-author with Rex Gibson of the recently published Discovering Shakespeare's Language (Cambridge UP, 1998).
Juana Green will begin as an Assistant Professor of English at Clemson University in Fall of 1999. Her dissertation at Columbia University examines the uses city comedies make of material objects in their efforts to shape cultural values and practices. She looks to develop a sharper pedagogical understanding of the similar uses and effects of today's visual culture.
Nancy Glass Hancock is a Professor of English at Austin Peay State University. Her current research interrogates the iconographic line of succession from character in a play text to a character in an illustration to a character on film. She is particularly interested in the ways in which the ideologies of the period are depicted each medium.
Margaret Rose Jaster is an Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities at Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg. Much of her research has focussed upon the material culture of early modern England, in particular on clothing and fabric. Recent publications include, "Staging a Stereotype: Ben Jonson's Irish Masque," in New Hibernia Review (Winter, 1998) and "'They That Are in Hell Thinke There is No Heaven': Sartorial Subversion at the Dublin Parliament, 1585" which is forthcoming in Shakespeare Studies.
Patricia Lennox is a Ph.D. candidate the Graduate School and University Center at CUNY and is currently working on her dissertation on women's alliances in Shakespeare on film. Her article, "A Girls Go to Eat: Christine Edzard's film of As You Like It" appeared in Transforming Shakespeare, edited by Marianne Novy. Another article, "The Television History of Henry VI" will appear next year in the Garland series Henry VI edited by Thomas Pendleton.
Erika T. Lin is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also assists students and faculty in the use of computers for teaching and research. She is just beginning her dissertation on the relationship between theatrical performance practices and changing conceptions of identity in early modern England. She runs the Literary Calls for papers listserv firstname.lastname@example.org) and is involved in the English Renaissance in Context (ERIC) project.
Peter Mortenson is an Associate Professor of English at Syracuse University. Professor Mortenson has collected and edited materials for classroom viewing exercises to focus students' attention on textual variations. He is also particularly interested in how actions performed on stage and screen are implied by text.
Andrew Murphy is a Lecturer in the School of English at the University of St. Andrews. In addition to contributing to the Early Modern Texts on Disk (EMTOD) project, Dr. Murphy is studying the publication history of Shakespeare's texts. A component of that research focuses upon the development of images across eighteenth- and nineteenth-century editions.
Kristen Olson is a Ph.D. candidate at Case Western Reserve University. Her dissertation examines the intersection of visual representation in early modern poetry by exploring ways in which the visual properties of the emblem tradition are translated into the poetic architecture of devotional texts and how Shakespeare and Milton employ rhetorical figuration that draws on the act of visual perception.
Richard Rambuss is Associate Professor and Director of the graduate studies in the English Department at Emory University. He is the author of Closet Devotions (Duke UP, 1998) and Spenser's Secret Career (Cambridge UP, 1993), as well as a recent essay on bodies and machines in Stanley Kubrick's film, Full Metal Jacket, which is forthcoming this fall in Camera Obscura.
Francesca Royster is an Assistant Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. Her participation in this seminar will help her refine her first book, Becoming Cleopatra, in which she studies various appropriations of the character, ranging from the seventeenth century to the "blaxploitation" films of the late twentieth century.
Peggy Russo is an Assistant Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University in Mont Alto. She is currently working on a book on the ways in which contemporary productions of Shakespeare are affected by and in turn affect trends in cultural values. Professor Russo is also interested in larger pedagogical questions generated by the use visual media in the classroom, such as "how much visual is too much?"
Emily Malino Scheuer is a Master's degree student at George Washington University, having returned to academia after a career in industrial design. Ms. Scheuer studies the semiotics of staging in film and theatre productions of Shakespeare. She's particularly interested in using this course to expand the historical range of her investigations.
Gretchen Schulz is Associate Professor of English at Oxford College of Emory University and Resident Scholar of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, where she has served as chair of the Board. She has produced numerous study guides to complement the ASC's productions. By participating in this seminar, she hopes to develop new avenues for the ASC's educational outreach.
Mark Andre Singer holds an MS.Ed. in Secondary English, a Masters in Library Science, and is working towards a Ph.D. in Shakespeare Studies at SUNY, Buffalo. His research on Shakespeare and visual culture will inform a website he's currently constructing called ShakeScreen, which includes bibliographies and filmographies for scholars, teachers and students.
R L Widmann is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has written and presented widely on early modern women's writing, on feminist criticism, and on pedagogy. She has taught Shakespeare for thirty years, and is currently developing a virtual Shakespeare class, available through her university's website.
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